§ Mr. Assheton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the cost during the last 12 months in foreign currencies of our membership of various international organisations and in particular the cost in foreign currencies of the expenses of delegates to attend meetings under the auspices of such organisations.
§ Sir S. Cripps
The cost during the last 12 months of United Kingdom membership of various international organisations has been £2,080,801 in various foreign currencies of convertible sterling. The cost in foreign currencies during the same period of the expenses of delegates to attend meetings under the auspices of such organisations is estimated at £375,000.111W
The international organisations included in the above statement are:United Nations, including its Councils, Commissions, etc., and International Court of Justice.Universal Postal Union.International Telecommunications Union.International Labour Office.Food and Agriculture Organisation.International Civil Aviation Organisation.Comite International Technique d'Experts Aeriens.International Commissions for Air Navigation.United Nations Educational. Scientific and Cultural Organisation.World Health Organisation Interim Committee.Office International d'Hygiene Publique Paris.International Trade Organisation: Preparatory Conference, Geneva, and Conference in Havana (up to December, 1947).International Refugee Organisation Preparatory Commission.Inter-Governmental Committee on Refugees.International Customs Tariffs Bureau, Brussels.Internal Bureaux Berne (Protection of Industrial Property and Literary and Artistic Property).
In addition, the United Kingdom paid in 1947 to U.N.R.R.A., or on behalf of U.N.R.R.A., for goods and services, a sum of about £18 million. Ten per cent. of the total contribution was payable in convertible currency other than dollars.